Martin van Creveld looks at our military white elephants

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld looks at one of the most exceptional aspects of US defense policy, our weapons. A naïf would describe it as quite mad, unaware of the lavish salaries and great corporate fortunes created by tapping the almost limitless flow of taxes from the apathetic and credulous citizens of America. "In the … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at our military white elephants

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Martin van Creveld looks at the experience of women in the Israel Defense Forces

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld looks at the revolution in military affairs (the real one) -- the integration of women into western armed forces. The Israel Defense Forces has the most experience with this, and their experience can help us understand our future. These are scraps of data, useful only because we have so little. … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at the experience of women in the Israel Defense Forces

Martin van Creveld: A history of the turmoil in the Holy Land (you can’t understand the action without it)

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld gives a timeline of modern history for the "Holy Land" , putting present events in a larger context. While the struggle with jihadists has overshadowed that between Irsrael and Palestine, it remains a front line in the dispute between the West and East. We ignore it at our peril. Turmoil … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: A history of the turmoil in the Holy Land (you can’t understand the action without it)

Martin van Creveld asks: Has a new Thirty Years’ War begun in Europe?

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld gives us a chilling warning, one that appears more accurate after the attacks on Paris. Our invasions after 9/11 destabilized the Middle East, and the resulting  fires slowly grow hotter and spread. If events follow the course of the Thirty Years' War, much worse awaits us in the future. A … Continue reading Martin van Creveld asks: Has a new Thirty Years’ War begun in Europe?

Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld examines one of the great oddities of our time -- our persistent and absurdly unjustified faith in the power of airpower to defeat 4th generation foes. Future historians will marvel at our inability to learn from experience, of which this is just one example. When Will They Ever Learn? By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.

Martin van Creveld looks at the propaganda fog that covers modern war

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld discusses the difficulty of finding the truth amidst the sea of propaganda that surrounds us. It's an essential skill Americans seem to have lost. He concludes by examining the stories about the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.   The Facts of the Case By Martin van Creveld From his website, … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at the propaganda fog that covers modern war

Martin van Creveld looks at Amazons: women warriors in the real world

Summary: Martin van Creveld looks at the accounts of women soldiers from the ancient Amazons to modern armies, cutting away the myths to real the facts. It's a timely analysis, with the US radically revising the role of women in our military. Amazons By Martin van Creveld. From his website, 27 August 2015 Posted with … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at Amazons: women warriors in the real world